Some of the past participants and winners have gone on to getting agents and/or publishing deals. Inaugural winner Lucy Van Smit was swiftly signed by literary agent Sallyanne Sweeney. Jane Brittan attracted a Carnegie Medal nomination for her indie-published debut. Shortlistee Sophie Cameron signed a book deal with Macmillan Children’s after accepting representation with literary agent Hellie Ogden for her YA novel Out of the Blue. Struan Murray signed a six figure deal with Penguin Random House for his novel Orphans of the Tide.
Entry for the award ends November 29, 2020 (and remember, this is UK time zone)! For complete guidelines and entry fee information, go here. As always, good luck!
Faith Pitch is a Twitter pitch event exclusively for faith-based fiction is being hosted by Little Lamb Books on November 12, 2020 between 8am – 8pm CST. This is for board books, picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction that fall under the categories of inspirational, faith-based, biblical worldview, or Christian. Different denominations, ethnicities, a POV in this niche are encouraged. Be sure to use the hashtag #FaithPitch and only pitch 4 times per manuscript during the pitch window. (Maximum of 4 manuscripts are permitted.)
As with all pitch events, any agent or editor can troll the feed. Be sure to do you research before sending off your book baby! For complete guidelines, go here. And as always, good luck!
Per the Philadelphia Writing Workshop website, this online writing event (November 14-15, 2020) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Although online, please note that there are limited spots available (200 total). They will inform everyone directly on the website when seats are closed.
Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:
A cool twitter pitch party is coming on October 29, 2020 and I’m excited! Author Jason Huebinger is the host of #PitDark. This is one of my favorite contests because it’s strictly for manuscripts with darker elements, which is soooo down my alley. The event is between 8am and 8pm EST. Authors may pitch once an hour per manuscript. Please do not clog the feed by over pitching so agents don’t get frustrated and quit reading.
Hashtags for AGE CATEGORIES
#MG – Middle Grade
#YA – Young adult
#NA – New adult
#A – Adult
Hashtags for GENRES & SUBGENRES
#H – horror
#PH – psychological horror
#GH – gothic horror
#CSH – cosmic horror
#BH – body horror
#CH – comedy horror
#DC – dark comedy
#DR – dark romance
#SFH – science fiction horror
#PNH – paranormal horror
#ZH – zombie horror
#MH – monster horror
#GRH – graphic horror
#MM – murder mystery
#FA – fantasy
#DF – dark fantasy
#T – thriller
#EF – epic or high fantasy
#HF – historical fantasy
#LF – literary fantasy
#AH – alternate history
#PN – paranormal
#PR – paranormal romance
#UF – urban fantasy
#MR – magical realism
#SF – science fiction
#AF – apocalypse fiction
#ML – military science fiction
#PA – post-apocalyptic SF
#CP – cyberpunk
#SFT – sci-fi thriller
#SH – superhero / superhuman
#SO – space opera
#DS – dystopian
#SP – steampunk
#TT – time travel
#WW – weird west
#SPEC – speculative fiction
#NF – non-fiction
For complete rules, go here. (Note: If your curious about previous agent, editor, and film company participation, there is a link on this page.) As always, good luck!
In just a few days, #PBPitch will begin for picture book authors and illustrators. The event will be on Thursday, October 29th, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. For those wanting to participate, here are the rules:
*Pitch your PBs on twitter using #PBPitch. *Pitch manuscripts only ONCE in the morning and ONCE in the Evening. (Once before 2pm and once after.) *If you are an author/illustrator, you can attach an image to your PB manuscript pitch. *Include Subgenre # if it applies. #F=Funny #CD = Character Driven #NF = Nonfiction #C= Concept #L= Lyrical #I= Interactive #FT=Fairy Tale/Folk Tale
Only agents and editors should favorite a pitch. If they do, be sure to do your research before submitting (as anyone can troll the feed). For complete details, go here. And as always, good luck!
Agents and editors are taking live pitches on the SavvyAuthors blog! What you will need is a three line pitch (unless stated differently on their personal pitch page). Be sure to state the title, genre, word length, and your author name. Then post your pitch below that information. The format should look like this:
Agnes plays pretend in an old manor to keep her father’s memory alive and learns she must solve the murder of an eight-year-old ghost—daughter of Franz San Galli, the inventor of the radiator. Her non-believing brother wants her to grow up but she must convince him to acquire his help. After all, it’s not safe to play in secret passages and hidden rooms when a sinister specter threatens her.
Be sure to read the guidelines thoroughly before pitching. And don’t forget to research each editor/publisher and agent to make sure your manuscript fits their wish list. To pitch editors/publishers, go here. To pitch literary agents, click here. And don’t delay! The Pitchfest runs October 28-30, 2020.
The search for diversity within books has increased, not just with secondary characters but main characters. The world wants to see a fabulous palette of colors and cultures among the stories they read and the publishing industry is responding! This prompted literary agent Beth Phelan of Galt & Zacker Literary Agency to create DVpit.
According to the site, #DVpitis a twitter event created to showcase pitches about and by marginalized voices. This includes (but is not limited to): Native peoples and people of color; people living and/or born/raised in underrepresented cultures and countries; disabled persons; people with illness; people on marginalized ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying as LGBTQIA+; and more.
The next event will spread over two days
October26 will be for Children’s & Teen Fiction/Nonfiction (picture books, chapter books, graphic novel, middle grade, young adult).
October 27 will be for Adult Fiction/Nonfiction (all genres, commercial and literary).
October 27 Artists and Illustrators are included on this day using #DVart
Each day the event will run from 8am-8pm ET using the hashtag #DVpit. Be sure and pitch your manuscript on the correct day because agents/editors will search the feed on the specific day of the category and genres they represent/acquire. And finally, make sure you follow the guidelines for pitching.
Every writer has a dream of seeing their manuscript published. To hold the bound pages and sniff the fresh ink would bring a euphoric state of mind. Those who’ve never slaved over writing a manuscript may not be able to relate.
Then there is the ultimate dream the dream of having your book optioned for a movie! I’m talking the double payday. During a break in my “binge blog pre-scheduling”, I surfed the net to see how many books for children have actually made it to the big screen. Here is a list of just a few:
The Fault in Our Stars
My Dog Skip
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
If I Stay
A Monster Calls
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
The Book Thief
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Hunger Games
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
And so many more.
I perused to see what was interesting about the books, meaning I read a LOT of opening pages on Amazon and book blurbs (for the books I haven’t read yet). The honest truth is what we’ve all heard so often. You just need a damn good story! (And, of course, good writing skills and voice.)
It’s an interesting list, and it’s not absolute. If you want to check other stories that have made it to the “big screen”, go to this Wikipedia link. Some books I’ve listed are not on the Wikipedia site yet though. But have fun reading, or watching (if that’s what you choose), about the ones that are there.
If you haven’t heard, PitchWars has posted the mentor’s blog hops for 2020! Can you believe it’s that time of year again? Be sure to check out each mentors blog in the genre you write to see what’s on their wish list. Remember, you can only choose four, so start early researching.
Unfamiliar with PitchWars? This is an event where mentors select a mentee’s manuscript to revise to help them get ready for an agent round. That’s right, they help a mentee rework their entire manuscript for free. This is because agented authors and editors want to give back to the writerly community. How exciting is that? There is so much love people!
Submissions will be open from September 27, 2020 (midnight EST) and ends on September 29, 2020 (10pm EST). Manuscripts must be completed and polished in order to enter. This is the crème de la crème of writing contests and only happens once a year! So, get those manuscripts edited and select the mentors you want to sub. And as always, good luck!
Folio Literary Management is offereing several remote internships. The internship is a two part learning experience. First, interns will participate in a twelve-week workshop leds by their agent to give an introduction of publishing through various methods. Second, interns will work closely with one or two Folio agents to develop an understanding of publishing through a variety of tasks.
This is a great opportunity with a very successful agency. For guidelines on what each agent is looking for in an intern and application guidelines, go here. As always, good luck!